FAQs about the Looking for Alaska Movie

by John Green on July 21, 2006

Before we get to the day’s proper blogging, My dear friend Dean has recently taken a break from constantly complaining that I don’t link to his web site often enough to begin improving this Web site in various ways. For instance, I now apparently have an RSS and/or Atom feed, whatever those are. More exciting improvements forthcoming.

Also: Tuesday is the last day for you to enter the Contest Contest, wherein the person who suggests the best idea for a Contest to give away copies of “An Abundance of Katherines” will themselves win a free autographed advanced copy of “An Abundance of Katherines”

But about that movie: Lately I have gotten a lot of questions about the “Looking for Alaska” movie, and so I thought I would answer some.

Q. Is “Looking for Alaska” being made into a movie?
A. That depends on what your definition of is is. About a year ago, the movie rights for “Alaska” were sold to Paramount, with Josh Schwartz (who created The O.C.) agreeing to write and direct the movie. The producers are also really great. Things are moving forward, but it will be quite a while before a movie starts shooting, so don’t start standing in line outside your local theater just quite yet. (Incidentally, did you know that famous author Cecil Castellucci stood in line for like four months for Star Wars: Episode I?)

Q. How do you feel about the idea of “Alaska” being a movie?
A. Good. I think Josh is a very good writer, which helps keep me from worrying. But regardless, you can’t worry too much about these things. To me, a book and the movie it is “based” on are only tangentially related. I’ve never been worried about the movie being an accurate adaptation of the book–partly because I’d rather have the movie be good than faithful, and partly because I don’t think it’s possible to make an adaptation that’s “true” to a book. There’s no way Alaska will look on screen like she looks in your head, is what I’m saying. And that’s okay.

Q. Who is going to play Alaska? Pudge? Takumi? Do you think they’ll cast the movie with people from The O.C.? Will Mischa Barton play Alaska? Etc.
A. I have no idea who will play anyone, but I rather doubt the cast of The O.C. will be featured in “Alaska.”

Q. Have you met Josh Schwartz?
A. I have.

Q. Is he really really hot?
A. He’s a nicely put together fellow.

Q. Is he hotter than Seth Cohen? Does he look like Seth Cohen?
A. Let’s talk about issues of substance. (Also, this is not really one of my areas of expertise.)

Q. Will there be any open casting calls?
A. I don’t know. But if there are, I will certainly let you know via this very blog.

Q. Do you know what’s going to happen next year on The O.C.?
A. No. Honestly I don’t even know exactly what happened this year on The OC, because we’re always busy on Thursdays and so I wait for the DVDs to come out.

Q. Marissa dies.
A. Thanks, jerkface.

Q. Everyone says that Hollywood is dirty and horrible. Do you agree?
A. I don’t know. It has its dirty and horrible parts. And I would never move there on account of how it seems to work out poorly for people in my family. But some of the writers I like the most live and work in Hollywood, and through the “Alaska” movie project I’ve met some people who I really admire. My experience has been very, very positive.

Q. So far.
A. Right. So far. You’re quite pessimistic, aren’t you?

Q. It’s my nature.
A. Fair enough. Any other questions?

Q. I think that’s it.
A. Okay. Well if anyone else has any questions, they should feel free to leave them in comments.

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Sheila July 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Let me start off by saying that Looking for Alaska was a phenomenal book. I absolutely loved it and also the fact that I was able to relate to almost every character in the book and also learn lessons from them. It was so flawlessly written, I think I might like it better than The Fault in Our Stars (but I love that book too).

Now that I’ve proclaimed my love for the book, I would like to state that this movie must be done perfectly. It needs a perfect cast and the basketball games, the smoking hole, the prank(s), all of it has to be done exactly right.

That being said I would like to share my “dream cast” for the movie. Maybe some of you will agree with me and maybe some of you won’t. But in my mind this is who fits the part.

Miles “Pudge” Halter – Freddie Highmore, Logan Lerman or Gaelan Connell

Chip “The Colonel” Martin – Josh Hutcherson, Dylan O’Brien or Jack O’Connell

Alaska Young – Kaya Scodelario, Emma Roberts, Willa Holand or Taissa Farminga

Takumi – Harry Shum

Mr. Starnes “The Eagle” – Peter Facinelli, Robert De Niro or JR Bourne (* i had a difficult time with this one so these might seem a little odd).

Lara – Crystal Reed, Nina Dobrev or Freya Mavor

Dr. Hyde “The Old Man” – Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford or Dennis Quaid

Kevin – Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Colton Haynes or Daniel Sharman

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Allison July 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

What do you think of Kaya Scodelario playing Alaska?
I mean, when you google “Alaska Young” shes the first picture that comes up. Personally, I think shes perfect for the role. Shes a truely talented actress.

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Maddy K July 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

Ok. Everything Sheila said (12:36pm on July 2, 2014). Yes. Yes yes yes. MOST definitely Alaska as Kaya Scodelario. Sooooooooooo many people want her to play that role. She would be perfect for it. Please look into it. Thank you :)

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Frankie July 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

John Green,
I read “Looking for Alaska” I think two months ago and I can’t believe there is going to be a movie! I LOVED the book and I related to ALL of the characters.
In my opinion the perfect cast would be:
Pudge: Natt Wolf
Alaska: Chloe Moretz
Colonel: Dylan O’ brien
Takumi: Jordan Rodriguez

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Louisa July 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

I am really interested in acting as a career and am wondering when auditions for Alaska will start and where to go to audition. Please could you let me know :)

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Carolyn July 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Dear John Green,
I know you may not read these comments, but I still feel the need to tell you how much your books mean to me. After reading “The fault in our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska”, I can’t help but feel a certain relativity to your characters. Being a native Alabamian myself, I took special notice to LFA and truely enjoyed it. Thanks for all you do, and never stop writing. Maybe one day I’ll meet you back in your former teenage residency, Alabama the beautiful.

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Hannah t July 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

I know I might receive quite a lot of hatred for this, but did anyone else picture Alaska as acacia brinley. she probably wouldn’t act Alaska out well, but that’s just what I’d think she would look like.

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Beth July 12, 2014 at 4:19 am

I honestly don’t have any input as to who should be who in the movie, the casting guys always seem to a good job with that. But I do have a suggestion for a song that I think perfectly suits ‘Looking for Alaska.’ It’s called “Cigarette Daydream” and it’s by “Cage the Elephant” it’s a great song and I think it would be brilliant for the film.
By the way, I love your books. I’ve seen ‘The Fault in our Stars’ 3 times now and cried every time (I’m not the sort of person to cry at movies, with the exception of TFIOS, I only ever cried at The Lady and The Tramp when I was four.) :) Do you think that you’ll write anymore books?
Beth,
14

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Frankie July 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I do think “Cigarrette Daydream” would be perfect for Looking for Alaska but I hoped there could be a song by Edd Sheeran too. I know that in TFIOS it was “All of the stars” and it is repetitive but I feel like there is a connection between his songs and this book, specially “Tenerife Sea (So in love).”

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Gillian July 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Cigarette Daydreams! YES! Sorry, I’m just extremely excited that someone thought the same thing as me. Also, Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked would be amazing.

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melinda July 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I think Dakota Fanning or her sister would be good for Alaska.

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Meka July 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm
Frankie July 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Exactly!

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Alaina July 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Can I play Alaska young in the looking for Alaska movie, I would love but how can I get a audition?

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Cara July 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Obviously, you’re not going to get the part. It’s probably not even going to be an open audition. smh to thinking you could play the part.

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Brithanny July 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Okay so while reading the book LFA I feel like these 2 characters would play a great Colonel & Alaska:

For The Colonel: JACK O’CONNELL

And for Alaska: Kaya Scodelario (I think ALOTTT OF PEOPLE AGREE WITH ME ON THIS ONE)

Yes I do realize that both Jack & Kaya played on the Tv show Skins U.K., & that’s one of the reasons why I feel like they should play on the LFA movie. LIKE HAVE YOU SEEN HOW GOOD THEIR ACTING IS?! Especially BECAUSE THEY PLAYED SOME MESSED UP CHARACTERS IN SKINS & they are pretty messed up in the book, so do you see my point?

I mean I’m not too sure about Kaya playing Alaska, like she would do great acting, but she just isn’t how the book describes Alaskas appearance.
But books are never going to be exactly like the movies so…

ON THE OTHER HAND, JACK O’ BOY HERE WOULD PLAY A PERFECT COLONEL LIKE YOU JUST HAVE TO CAST HIM AS THE COLONEL HE HAS THE LOOKS, LIKE HE IS WELL BUILT, HES SHORT, & HES WORKED WOTH KAYA BEFORE SO THATS PERFECT!
Although I’m not too sure he’ll have the voice of a radio deejay.
I feel like Jack O’Connell is PERFECT to play Chip!!

But yeah that’s just my opinion on who you should cast for the roles of Alaska & Chip even though you probably won’t see this, I just felt like I needed to try.

JACK O’CONNELL FOR CHIP AM I RIGHT!?!!!
WOO YEAB JACK O’CONNELL PLS OH LORD BABY JAY PLEASE JACK O’ PLAY CHIP.

K bye.

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Jake July 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

So hi, I was just wondering when any information is going to be posted about character roles and their actors. Also interested to know if Kaya Scodelario is being considered for the role of Alaska?. Thanks

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Madeline July 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Okay, Frankie ( July 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm)
You’re amazing. Thank God I’m not the only one who pictured Alaska blond.
And John Green,
Why did you wait until the end of the book to reveal Alaska’s hair color? Pudge described it at the *SPOILER ALERT* funeral scene and he said it was “dark mahogony”. I had it in my head up until this point that she was blond. Blond with pretty green eyes. Anyways, I wish you would have described her hair color earlier so that I pictured her with dark hair.

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Ej July 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm

JOHN. GET AN OPEN CASTING IN CANADA FOR LFA PLEASE.

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James July 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

John, please ensure LFA has an open casting call. Not particularly for myself, but for the thousands of actresses out there that deserve a shot at playing Alaska.

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Emma July 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I hope Kaya Scodelario is being considered for the role of Alaska because she would literally be perfect.

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Cleo July 22, 2014 at 2:55 am

I really considered you (Mr. Green) to choose Freddie Highmore as Miles “Pudge” Halter. Remember what you write on LFA? You described Pudge visual which he’s thin, he’s probably like 5’9 or whatever he seems tall and kinda awkward (at the first time), innocent look, cute and handsome obviously just like what Alaska says. And that’s totally look like Freddie Highmore visual! You can watch his acting skills in Bates Motel series or The Art Of Getting By.

There are so many of you suggest Logan Lerman, Dylan O’Brien, and another actor to Play as Pudge. However, but (a) Logan Lerman is way too much in The Perks Of Being Wallflower and Percy Jackson of course. Maybe he comes up first in mind to get a role as Pudge, but I think he’s not the right one. (b) Dylan O’Brien is way too much in The Maze Runner. Dylan has an innocent side look (but not that much like Freddie), but sometimes his face turns into a hottie/badass haha I don’t know you can watch his visual in Teen Wolf series and that’s definitely not Miles “Pudge” Halter. Don’t forget to look out his work out body and he’s NOT thin like Pudge character.

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